Being an actor has its perks. But, as many actors have pointed out, performing nude scenes in front of a camera and crew is not really a highlight for any actor.
Two Game of Thrones characters consummated their relationship in the second episode of Season 7, Stormborn. The Queen of Dragons savvy advisor Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and the commander of her Unsullied army Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) solidified their romantic tension. Grey worm is being dispatched to seize the Lannister stronghold of Casterly Rock, a mission which would easily mean his death.
But, in an interview with EW Nathalie explained what it was like to film the sex scene.
When I read the script the first thing I thought was that its a big deal for these two characters and also its a nude scene and you cant help but think about that, she says. Youre like, Okay, Im getting naked. And that was really strange for Jacob and I because weve danced around that scenario and weve become good mates and now we got to be naked around each other. But it was fine and, obviously, done really respectfully. Whether youve done it many times, or none at all, its a big deal. You feel like youre giving something quite vulnerable and, yes, its hard.
Emmanuel explained that her fellow actors helped her by giving her anecdotes about shooting their first nude scenes. Its never a comfortable thing to do but if you trust your director and actors and the people on set, its fine, she says. It was treated very well and very respectfully and I feel like we had a really great day showing these two characters being completely vulnerable with each other. And it sort of helps the scene to actually feel very vulnerable and exposed. Its good to use that energy and it made it so much better.